Ross Video lands $100,000 grant to fund line expansion in Iroquois

CORNWALL — Ross Video’s recent line expansion has attracted a $100,000 federal grant to help pay for the investment at its flagship Iroquois plant.

The new surface-mount line at the John Street facility has “more than doubled our capacity,” says Jeff Poapst, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing and Services, at Ross.

Representatives from the Emmy Award-winning company — whose broadcast video equipment is deployed in newsrooms, stadiums and studios around the world — picked up the Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP) cheque Dec. 1 in Cornwall. The funds were delivered through a “regional” stream of larger EODP grants known as Collaborative Economic Development Projects — administered by the Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation.

Ross Video CEO David Ross has previously indicated the firm also plans a major 40,000-square-foot addition to the Iroquois campus. Enjoying robust growth — employment at the Iroquois site has risen from 85 to 215 in the past decade — the company has purchased a former municipal garage property adjacent its current production site in the village.

But earlier this year, it wasn’t so clear that South Dundas and Iroquois would continue to share in the continued success of the local tech company with annual sales now at $200-million.

As the Upper Canada District School Board mulled the closure of Seaway District High School in Iroquois, Ross — recognized as the 2017 CEO of the Year by the Ottawa Business Journal and Ottawa Chamber of Commerce — suggested the expansion may not happen if the shutdown went ahead. Seaway was ultimately removed from the proposed closure list.

See the grant award video produced for the occasion below.

From left, SDG Warden Jim Bancroft, South Dundas Economic Development Officer Rob Hunter, Cornwall & The Counties Community Futures Development Corporation Executive Director Lesley Lang, Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation Executive Director Wendy Curtis, Ross Video’s Jeff Poapst (Senior Vice President, Manufacturing and Services), and South Dundas Mayor Evonne Delegarde. The group gathered Dec. 1 at Cornwall’s Nav Centre as Ross Video received a $100,000 grant for a surface-mount line expansion at its Iroquois facility. Courtesy photo


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